Florida may be known as the “Gunshine State,” but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers from filing a battery of bills on gun safety. For the 2020 Session, a South Florida lawmaker filed two bills to close the loopholes that allow Floridians to buy guns without undergoing a criminal-background check.
Also, on today’s Sunshine:
—The Florida teachers’ union is bringing its big red bus to the courtyard of the State Capitol, as well as making plans for a massive rally in Tally the day before the legislature convenes for the Session on January 14.
— A political strategist from Orlando — who played a big part in Barack Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012 — has signed on as Joe Biden’s top hire in the Sunshine State.
— Alia Faraj-Johnson, a former member of the Capitol Press Corps who worked with Jeb Bush during his time as Governor, has just set up her own PR shop in Tallahassee.
— The Florida Chamber Foundation continues its two-day Future of Florida Forum.
— In more Florida Man antics: A 27-year-old surfer was off the coast of New Smyrna Beach when he came off his board and landed on the back of the shark … which responded by chomping down.